Acclaimed hip-hop/neo-soul band The Roots groove The Paramount on Dec. 26!
School’s Out! Holiday Camp
These full-day programs during school vacations get kids involved in hands-on science experiments and explorations with opportunities to explore 17 acres of natural wonders, see live animals, conduct experiments, and take part in science shows and demonstrations conducted by a staff of professional science teachers. Center for Science Teaching and Learning, 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre. cstl.org $55-$65 per day. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. December 24-31.
Holiday Ho-Ho-Ho Hike
Over the river and through the woods, a-hiking we will go! This 10-mile trek on Christmas day is just what the doctor ordered to burn off all that holiday fruitcake, eggnog and corruption cake! Take in the best nature sights Long Island has to offer as you traipse through wetlands and meadows, and yes, these trails actually do go over rivers and through the woods. Blydenburgh County Park, Smithtown. ligreenbelt.org Free. 10 a.m. December 25.
Evening Lighthouse Tower Tour
Is there anything more picturesque than a glorious moonrise over the lapping ocean waves viewed from atop the majestic Fire Island Lighthouse? No, there isn’t. See the last full moon of 2015 and all the wintertime constellations from a new perspective. Don’t forget your list of wishes–you want to be ready when those shooting stars streak by! Come early for a tour of the lighthouse, and bring your flashlight for the walk back to the parking lot.
Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses Causeway, Bay Shore. nps.gov/fiis $15-$20. Sunset is at 4:31 p.m. December 26.
Hometown pop-punk heroes are making the long drive from their native Mt. Sinai to Amityville for their latest show to remind all the emo kids to cheer up and smile. Warming up the crowd are This Good Robot, The Cavalry Is Us, Older Than Oceans, The End Period and Mint State. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $15. 6 p.m. December 26
Christmas Day Skate Party
Start this night off with laser-light skating before the DJ takes over at 9:30 p.m. to pump up your favorite jams for dancing-while-you-skate. Games, contests, prizes and more, this beats going to the movies on Christmas night. Hopefully you asked Santa to bring you new skates for Christmas! Man, that Skate-O-Saurus can move! United Skates, 1276 Hicksville Rd., Seaford. unitedskates.com $11 plus $5 rental fee. 6:30 p.m. December 25.
These hip-hop neo-soul juggernauts from Philadelphia have been wowing fans and critics across the country with their irresistible style and infectious grooves. Many know the acclaimed group as Jimmy Fallon’s house band on Late Night and The Tonight Show, and expect them to severely rock The Mountler on this special night! Not to be missed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $65-$110. 8 p.m. December 26.
The Gospel According to Jazz
Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum continues his annual “A Gospel According To Jazz Christmas” tour, bringing excellent holiday entertainment to all. This year’s celebration will feature Gerald Albright, Norman Brown and female vocalist Sheléa. Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org $45-$75. 7 and 9:30 p.m. December 26.
A veteran of more than 100 TV and talk show appearances, this comic’s dead-on timing, unexpected twists and sheer flights of lunacy make him a favorite at the top comedy clubs in New York City and across the USA. His performance at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival was rated “9.5 out of 10” by The Montreal Gazette. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $17. 7 and 9:30 p.m. December 26.
Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story of Jim Vanbebber
Director Victor Bonacore will be presenting his latest film on the inaugural night of this new film series, Cult Cafe! The documentary follows his life from his early super-8mm films to his strange days in Hollywood. It features interviews with an eclectic group of artists, such as Phil Anselmo (Pantera), Richard Kern (Trangressive film director), Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy), R.A the Rugged Man, Heidi Honeycutt, Stephen Biro, Damon Packard, Jessie Sietz and many more. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave. Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $7 public, $5 members. 10 p.m. December 26
Touring in support of his latest drop, Thomas Gold vs Lush & Simon – Morphine, expect ultra-lush synths, uber-heavy bass, and a soundscape that simply washes over each and every audience member with mega-waves of all-cleansing, all-healing, melodic fury. Yes! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25-$35. 10 p.m. December 26.
Mrs. Claus Saves the Day!
Ever wonder what Mrs. Claus was up to on that foggy Christmas Eve when Rudolph became famous? This play tells the classic story from Mrs. Claus’ point of view. This heart-warming show will delight audiences of all ages. Bayway Arts Center, 265 E. Main St., East Islip. broadhollow.org $11. 2 p.m. December 26, 12 p.m. December 27.
Joe Roberts Trio
Sunday afternoons were made for smooth jazz tunes and sipping on Chardonnay. Or Cabernet. Or Pinot Noir. There’s plenty of choices at this award-winning North Fork winery and vineyard, so come chill out with Joe Roberts on piano, Dave Ice on bass and Rob Lamonica on drums. You won’t regret it! Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead. marthaclaravineyards.com 1 p.m. December 27.
This concert, billed as the “Save Montauk” event, aims to raise awareness of opposition to a federal beach project underway at the tip of the South Fork, and is a fundraiser for the eastern Long Island chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group. Aside from the nu-funk band headlining the show, opening acts include The Montauk Project and Soundswell. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $17.50-$35. 7 p.m. December 30.
The Maryland-based indie rockers headlining this show will play all their hits, undoubtedly including “This Town” and “Shattered (Turn the Car Around).” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$89.50. 8 p.m. December 27.
A Little Bit of Folk: From Activism to Lyricism
Join host film archivist Bill Shelley for a celebration of the incredible musicians and the powerful social messages that made folk music an inspiring vehicle for change. This program will concentrate on much-loved musicians and the social causes that informed their music. As 2015 comes to a close, let us always remember that the power of music can change this world for the better, a good reason to celebrate this uplifting genre. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. December 29.
The Seattle-based hard rock band known for their hits “You” and “Far Behind” will play an acoustic performance. Opening the show will be The Infinite Staircase, Midnight Mob, Sharks In The Shallows and Year Of The Locust. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $15. 7 p.m. December 30.
Those amazing, bedazzling b-ball-handlers extraordinaire, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, will hold court in New York during the holiday season, when Knicks fans could well use an extra bounce in their step. These legendary athletes and consummate entertainers have spread their skills and comedic timing around the world, delighting everyone from popes to presidents to paupers to people who don’t have a clue what a three-pointer is. The team will be sure to bring their A-game. But will the Washington Generals finally pull off an upset? Come on! No matter who wins, it’s a slam dunk everybody will have fun. Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex, Hofstra University, Hempstead. hofstra.edu $21-$104. 2 and 7 p.m. December 30.
–Compiled by Desiree D’orio, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III